Lawmakers about to pass path to legal residency and citizenship for residents without status

In the US congress today, it was announced that there has been a deal between lawmakers for a new immigration reform bill. the details have not been released as of yet, but it appears that the preliminary reports show that:

1. There is a path to legal permanent resident status and eventually citizenship.
2. The law will affect those persons who can show that they were present in the US prior to 2012.
3. A fee will be assessed as a penalty, and there will be a lengthy application form requiring a significant amount of evidence proving that the immigrant is in compliance with the law in all other aspects, including not being convicted of any major crimes.
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News on new Immigration Policies for California

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In a welcome immigration-related development, the Trump administration has proposed increasing the annual allotment of H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers. As employers have long argued, the current cap is woefully inadequate to meet the demand for workers in seasonal industries. The H-2B program is designed for seasonal work. Some of the most common occupations […]

The post 30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 19, 2019, 6:46 pm

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ international field offices provide critical services to Americans living abroad, as well as refugees and other immigrants. But in a supposed effort to cut costs, the Trump administration plans to close all 23 offices that span 21 countries by the end of 2019. These offices are a lifeline for those […]

The post Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 18, 2019, 8:42 pm

In a disheartening decision on Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr announced he plans to eliminate bond hearings for asylum seekers who pass an initial asylum screening interview after entering the United States. However, this new anti-immigrant policy will face legal challenges before it goes into effect. The Attorney General’s decision, in a case called Matter […]

The post The Trump Administration Plans to Incarcerate Some Asylum Seekers Indefinitely appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 17, 2019, 6:16 pm

The Trump administration has agreed to reverse course and begin the process of reuniting 2,700 children living in Central America with their parents in the United States. The decision comes as part of a lawsuit that challenged the termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) program. This program allowed parents legally living in the United […]

The post Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 16, 2019, 7:32 pm

The survival of the nation’s Social Security system depends upon the taxes paid by each new generation of workers. As older workers enter retirement and draw upon Social Security, the continued tax payments of younger workers keep the system solvent and ensure that it will still be there when they, too, reach retirement age. In […]

The post Immigrants’ Taxes Help Save the Social Security System appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 15, 2019, 8:45 pm

The biased and narrow portrayal of immigrants and people of color in Hollywood is not a new phenomenon. However, some are beginning to turn the tide. As a 2017 study points out, 50 percent of Latino immigrants on television are portrayed as criminals. 33 percent of Black immigrants are portrayed as criminals or incarcerated. The same is true for […]

The post Director Jordan Peele Casts More Immigrant Actors, Tells More Inclusive Stories  appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 12, 2019, 8:20 pm

American businesses rely on foreign-born workers in many industries and the country’s immigration system has channels specifically dedicated to employment-based immigration. The Trump administration, however, has deliberately restricted and slowed the pace of these legal immigration channels. This is reflected in an abrupt jump in immigration application denial rates, increased scrutiny of nonimmigrant and immigrant […]

The post Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 11, 2019, 5:36 pm

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position on Monday. She was reportedly forced from office after President Trump grew frustrated with the government’s inability to stop asylum seekers from arriving at the southern border. Her departure marked an extraordinary week in which most DHS leadership faced the chopping block. These […]

The post Chaos Continues at DHS as Trump Purges More of His Senior Immigration Team appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 10, 2019, 9:03 pm

Asylum seekers are often imprisoned in immigration detention for weeks or months before they can ask a judge to release them, even though they’re entitled to bond hearings. But this injustice may soon be corrected for some asylum seekers. On Friday, a U.S. district court judge ruled that certain detained asylum seekers must receive a […]

The post Certain Detained Asylum Seekers Must Receive a Bond Hearing Within 7 Days, Judge Orders appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 9, 2019, 7:47 pm

As another H-1B season comes to an end, one thing is clear: the demand for educated foreign workers is as high as ever. The annual H-1B cap was reached within a mere 5 business days. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting petitions for Fiscal Year 2020 on April 1. On April 12, the […]

The post USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: April 8, 2019, 4:25 pm
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5 rumors about the 2013 immigration act: questions, answers, and the real program explained

There has been a lot of speculation and anticipation about the new Obama Immigration law for 2013.  Here are some myths, facts and general information.  Note: the law has not become final as of the date of this article, 02/21/2013.


1. RUMOR: The immigration act would allow illegal immigrants to get legal green cards.  TRUTH:  The memo leaked to USA today in February provided for a new class of visa that could make current illegal residents legal, with a four year expiration. An extension for another four years would be available, and after that, an opportunity to apply for a green card would be available. Immigration Lawyer Office

2. RUMOR: Illegal immigrants would have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for the 2013 Obama Immigration program.  TRUTH: To apply for the program as described in the leaked document, Illegal immigrants would have to pay back taxes on earnings. However, many illegal residents already pay income and payroll taxes for both California and Federal Tax.

3. RUMOR: The new immigration reform is just a deportation program designed to get the names of illegal immigrants. TRUTH: The 2012 Obama Deferment Program for juveniles promised that the USCIS and Department of Homeland Security would not use the information that was collected about the applicant’s family to initiate deportation proceedings.  To this Lawyer’s knowledge, the DHS and USCIS has made good on this promise, so there is no reason to think that they would not do the same for any new Immigration program.

4. RUMOR: If an illegal immigrant has been arrested, if they apply for the new Immigration program, they will be denied and deported.  TRUTH:  There will assuredly be requirements in any new reform law that will disqualify illegal immigrants if they have been arrested multiple times or for serious offenses. It will be VERY IMPORTANT for anyone sebastopol-larkfieldwikiup-attorney.jpgconsidering applying for any immigration program who has ever been arrested to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss their particular situation.

5. RUMOR: Once an illegal resident is approved for the 2013 program, they can bring their whole family to the US from their home country.  TRUTH: There is a provision allowing for some sort of pathway to bring one’s family here, according to the leaked memo. However, since the law has not been finalized as of today, we simply do not know how this would work  Stay tuned.

-Sean Ramsey, Immigration Attorney in Sebastopol, CA.

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